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State, national tests a mismatch

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Proficiency means working at the expected grade level for a given grade.

Sterling Lloyd, a research associate with Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, said this gap between how a state’s students are shown to perform on the national test versus their individual state tests is not uncommon.

“Many researchers and policy makers think it is important to compare NAEP to state tests as a way of having an independent check on the rigor of state tests because the NAEP is considered to be a high quality, rigorous assessment,” Lloyd said.

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